Dr. Shoba Fernandes, Dr. Shaila Chaudhary, Dr. Yash Bafna, Dr. Jayasudha Kalgudi, Dr. Dhvani Patel, Dr. Mohammed Ali Habibullah


Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) is the most important patient-reported outcome measure in oral health research. Early childhood caries can produce an impact on the quality of life of preschool children and their parents, affects oral health and well-being.

Objectives: To assess the impact of Sever Early Childhood Caries (S-ECC) on the Oral Health Related Quality Of Life (OHRQoL) of children between 2-5 years of age.

Methods: A cross sectional study consisted of 300 children of 2-5 years, of private and government preschools in Visnagar, Gujarat. Data was collected. Oral examination using dmft/dmfs index was performed. A previously validated questionnaire (OH-ECQOL tool) was applied.

Results: Statistically significant (P<0.001) Pearson co-relation test between the dmft/dmfs index scores and child’s general health and oral health and family impact was observed.

Conclusions: Severity of ECC had a negative impact on the OHRQoL of preschool children and their parents.


Caries; Early Childhood Caries; preschool children; quality of life

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